Berlin plans to restart stalled talks on a framework for tackling politically motivated crime. Displaying the swastika or denying genocide would be considered offences. Germany has said it will use its term as European Union president to push for common standards
Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries said: “We want to establish a minimum penalty for xenophobic or racist acts of violence.” She told top-selling Bild newspaper earlier that Italy had long blocked efforts in this. But Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who took office last year, had signalled he might be ready to adopt a new approach.
Her ministry noted in a statement that Germany was particularly interested in addressing crimes such as inciting violence or hatred, but no details of its plans were published and it offered no definition of genocide. The paper also said Germany would work towards an agreement on minimum rights for defendants.